Trinity increases spending on international student recruitment to €1.4 million

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.4m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2018/19 financial year, starting October 1 2018 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained by a request under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 November]

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UCD spend over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD has spent over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge, the official residence of UCD President Andrew Deeks. The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information Request, break down the spending for each year, as detailed in the table below …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 26 November]

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Irish universities purchase over 46,000 live animals for research in two years

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have purchased over 46,000 live animals for research use between 2017 and 2018, with Trinity and University College Cork (UCC) far surpassing the national average. According to records released to Trinity News under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, University College Cork (UCC) purchased 22,946 live animals in total in 2017 and 2018 for use in research, while Trinity purchased 17,038 between October 2016 and October 2018, a significantly higher number than purchases made by other universities around the country …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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‘Should we admit this is a gesture?’: Staff at Trinity College called for clarity ahead of call out for more women sculptures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Trinity College Dublin said the university isn’t ‘exactly going to right the wrongs of history’ by commissioning busts of female scholars for its library, emails released under Freedom of Information show. Earlier this month, the university asked staff and students to nominate the first female scholar to be memorialised in a bust for the Long Room, the main chamber of the Old Library, the Irish Times reported …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 November]

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Trinity Declined to Disclose Details of Artwork Hidden From Public View

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has refused to disclose how much of its collection of artwork is concealed from the public, after the Irish Times made a request for the list under the Freedom of Information Act. The College’s art collections include various paintings, prints, sculptures and statues, with a particular focus on portraiture …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 4 November]

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Irish universities keep important artworks out of public eye

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s publicly-funded universities keep dozens of highly-valued and nationally important artworks away from public view, they admit. But while some of the country’s foremost seats of learning have disclosed the works out of reach for most citizens, others, including Trinity College Dublin, refuse to say what paintings and sculptures are kept for academic eyes only …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 4 October]

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University of Ulster pays 65 staff at least £100k a year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has criticised the institution’s ‘galling’ spending after it emerged 65 staff were paid at least £100,000 each year. Right-wing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) announced the finding after submitting Freedom of Information requests to 120 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 October]

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Publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5m on luxury flights

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5 million last year flying academics around the world on luxury flights, newly-obtained figures show. The biggest spender was University College Dublin (UCD), which paid almost €1 million for business class and premium fares over a year, records released under Freedom of Information reveal …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 16 September]

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New Dublin Metro Line Could Disrupt Trinity’s Physics Research

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Work on a new Dublin new metro line planned to run under Trinity’s School of Physics could disrupt research taking place in the building, according to the school’s manager. Metrolink, which will link Dublin Airport to the city centre, was originally meant to run underneath the College’s Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), but the proposed route has since been altered and it is now set to lie beneath the Fitzgerald Building …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 September]

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UCC wins appeal over disclosure of loan details to RTÉ

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has overturned the information commissioner’s decision requiring University College Cork to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a €100 million loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank (EIB) …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 3 April]

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UCC win appeal over requirement to disclose details of loan agreement to RTÉ

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has overturned the Information Commissioner’s decision requiring University College Cork to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a €100m loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank. The Commissioner must now reconsider RTÉ’s request, made under the Freedom of Information Act, in line with Mr Justice Garrett Simons’ findings …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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10 Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Made in Irish Universities Since 2015

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Since 2015, 10 allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour have been made against staff members in Irish universities …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 16 February]

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Two UCD staff members disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There have been ten cases in the past three years where lecturers and other staff members at Irish universities have been accused of sexual misconduct …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 February]

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22,000 animals euthanised at UCC

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 22,000 animals have been euthanised after being used in scientific research at University College Cork in the last three years. Almost half of the animals euthanised after being used in research were mice, while fish also comprised a significant portion …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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NUIG pays €1.2m per annum to cleaning firm

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A private company which provides cleaning services to NUI Galway is itself ‘cleaning up’ – earning around €1.2 million a year. NUIG has budgeted some €4.8 million for the provision of cleaning services and associated cleaning supplies from a private cleaning company for a four-year period …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 21 January]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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Cheating on the rise in Irish universities

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cheating is on the rise in Irish universities and colleges with business studies students most likely to be accused of ‘academic dishonesty’. Since 2010, there have been at least 2,300 cases of students cheating at universities and institutes of technology, according to information compiled by The Irish Times based on Freedom of Information requests …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Higher education chair urged chief to change his mind on resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chair of the Higher Education Authority tried to convince its chief executive to reverse his decision to resign over issues such as the risks posed to colleges from underfunding, new records show. Dr Graham Love announced his resignation from the regulatory body for the third-level sector last August, a year and a half after taking up the role …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Higher Education Authority Administration – WhatsApp

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a group within an application (details supplied) that has been established for communication by members of the Higher Education Authority; his views on whether this is an appropriate method of communication between members of the authority; if a record is kept of all such communications; and if they are subject to freedom of information legislation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Provost Spent €18,000 on Travel in Eight Months

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast spent more than €18,000 on airline fares and accommodation abroad in just an eight-month period, The University Times has learned. The documents, received as part of a freedom of information request submitted by The University Times, show that Prendergast has spent €18,069 on travel and accommodation between March and October 2017 …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 March]

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